1940 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1940 Cincinnati Reds season was the 58th season for the franchise. Cincinnati entered the season as the reigning National League champions, having been swept by the New York Yankees in the World Series the previous year. They would defeat the Detroit Tigers four games to three to take the World Series title.

1940 Cincinnati Reds
1940 World Series Champion
1940 National League Champion
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s)Powel Crosley, Jr.
General manager(s)Warren Giles
Manager(s)Bill McKechnie
Local radioWCPO
(Harry Hartman)
WSAI
(Roger Baker, Dick Bray)
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Offseason

Regular season

Cincinnati won 100 games for the first time in franchise history. The team finished first in the National League with a record of 100–53, winning the pennant by 12 games over the Brooklyn Dodgers, and the best record in MLB. They went on to face the Detroit Tigers in the 1940 World Series, beating them in seven games. This was their first championship since 1919.

In August, back up catcher Willard Hershberger, depressed over what he felt was culpability for losing both games of a doubleheader, took his life. Coach Jimmie Wilson was added to the roster as the back up catcher. The Reds players would vote to send Hershberger's share of the World Series winnings to his mother [3]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 10053 0.654 55–21 45–32
Brooklyn Dodgers 8865 0.575 12 41–37 47–28
St. Louis Cardinals 8469 0.549 16 41–36 43–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 7876 0.506 22½ 40–34 38–42
Chicago Cubs 7579 0.487 25½ 40–37 35–42
New York Giants 7280 0.474 27½ 33–43 39–37
Boston Bees 6587 0.428 34½ 35–40 30–47
Philadelphia Phillies 50103 0.327 50 24–55 26–48

Detailed record

TeamHomeAwayTotalWin %
National League
Brooklyn6–58–3–114–8–1.636
Boston7–45–512–9.591
Chicago9–27–416–6.727
New York8–37–415–7.682
Philadelphia8–27–515–7.682
Pittsburgh10–16–516–6.727
St. Louis7–4–15–612–10–1.545
55–2146–30100–53.654
Month Games Won Lost Win %
April963.667
May26197.731
June271611.593
July28208.714
August321616.500
September31238.742
15310053.654
Games Won Lost Win %
Home765521.724
Away774532.584

Record vs. opponents


Sources:
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 9–138–149–127–1515–69–138–14
Brooklyn 13–910–128–14–116–517–515–7–19–13–1
Chicago 14–812–106–1612–1012–1011–118–14
Cincinnati 12–914–8–116–615–715–716–612–10–1
New York 15–75–1610–127–1512–1012–1011–10
Philadelphia 6–155–1710–127–1510–126–166–16
Pittsburgh 13–97–15–111–116–1610–1216–615–7–1
St. Louis 14–813–9–114–810–12–110–1116–67–15–1

Notable transactions

Roster

1940 Cincinnati Reds
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other batters

Manager

Coaches

  •  2 Hank Gowdy
  •  3 Jimmie Wilson

Player stats

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CErnie Lombardi109376120.3191474
1BFrank McCormick155618191.30919127
2BLonny Frey150563150.266854
SSBilly Myers9028257.202530
3BBilly Werber143584162.2771248
OFMike McCormick110417125.300130
OFIval Goodman136519134.2581263
OFHarry Craft115422103.244648

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Eddie Joost8827860.216124
Morrie Arnovich6221160.284021
Willard Hershberger4812338.309026
Johnny Rizzo3111031.282417
Jimmy Ripple3210131.307420
Lew Riggs417221.29219
Bill Baker276915.21707
Lee Gamble38426.14300
Jimmy Wilson16379.24303
Dick West72811.39316
Mike Dejan12163.18802
Vince DiMaggio241.25000
Wally Berger220.00000

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bucky Walters36305.022102.48115
Paul Derringer37296.220123.06115
Gene Thompson33225.11693.32103
Jim Turner24187.01472.8953

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Whitey Moore25116.2883.6360
Johnny Hutchings1954.0213.5018
Johnny Vander Meer1048.0313.7541

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Joe Beggs3712372.0025
Milt Shoffner201005.6317
Elmer Riddle151221.879
Red Barrett31006.750
Lefty Guise20001.171

1940 World Series

Game 1

October 2, 1940, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (A) 050 020 000 7101
Cincinnati (N) 000 100 010 283
W: Bobo Newsom (1–0)   L: Paul Derringer (0–1)
HR: DET – Bruce Campbell (1)
Attendance: 31,739  

Game 2

October 3, 1940, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (A) 200 001 000 331
Cincinnati (N) 022 100 000 590
W: Bucky Walters (1–0)   L: Schoolboy Rowe (0–1)
HR: CINJimmy Ripple (1)
Attendance: 30,640  

Game 3

October 4, 1940, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati (N) 100 000 012 4101
Detroit (A) 000 100 42x 7131
W: Tommy Bridges (1–0)  L: Jim Turner (0–1)
HR: : DETRudy York (1), Pinky Higgins (1)

Game 4

October 5, 1940, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati (N) 201 100 010 5111
Detroit (A) 001 001 000 251
W: Paul Derringer (1–1)  L: Dizzy Trout (0–1)

Game 5

October 6, 1940, at Briggs Stadium in Detroit

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati (N) 000 000 010 030
Detroit (A) 003 400 01x 8130
W: Bobo Newsom (2–0)  L: Junior Thompson (0–1)
HR: : DETHank Greenberg (1)

Game 6

October 7, 1940, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (A) 000 000 000 050
Cincinnati (N) 200 001 01x 4102
W: Bucky Walters (2–0)   L: Schoolboy Rowe (0–2)
HR: CINBucky Walters (1)

Game 7

October 8, 1940, at Crosley Field in Cincinnati

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Detroit (A) 001 000 000 170
Cincinnati (N) 000 000 20x 271
W: Paul Derringer (2–1)   L: Bobo Newsom (2–1)

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AA Indianapolis Indians American Association Wes Griffin and Jewel Ens
A1 Birmingham Barons Southern Association Ira Smith
B Durham Bulls Piedmont League Oscar Roettger
B Columbia Reds Sally League Cap Crossley
C Tucson Cowboys Arizona–Texas League Lester "Pat" Patterson
C Ogden Reds Pioneer League Bill McCorry
D Troy Trojans Alabama State League Ellis Johnson and Harold Fehrenbacher
D Lenoir Reds Tar Heel League Ray Rice

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Durham[5]

References

  1. Hank Sauer at Baseball Reference
  2. Al Simmons at Baseball Reference
  3. "How the Reds Redeemed Themselves in 1940". August 16, 2019.
  4. Jimmy Ripple at Baseball Reference
  5. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007


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